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10 Cafes Where You Can Find The Best Coffee In Singapore

23 Feb 2016 by Chew Hui Ling

In a city where you’re never more than a stone’s throw away from a nearby Starbucks, it’s hard to figure out which places actually offer the best brews and beans. But why settle on an average cup of joe? We compiled a list of our favourite caffeinated spots where you can sip the finest java in town – sorted accordingly to the different coffee types.

Best Cold Brew

Old Hen Coffee Bar
88 Rangoon Road, #01-03, Singapore 218374

Old Hen Coffee Bar
Credit: ironsage

If you ever see passerbys near Rangoon cracking open what looks like pints of alcohol, you’re not seeing things. Hailing from the popular Old Hen Coffee Bar, these rustic bottles house their specialty Cold Brew that sell out faster than you can blink. While famous for their signature Smooth Black and Creamy White variants, non-coffee drinkers can also grab one of their Valrhona Dark Cocoa in Velvety Brown or Peppermint ($6.50) for the same refreshing kick sans the caffeine.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware
150 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 20756

CSHH
CSHH
Credit: Coffee for Beginners

Within everyone’s favourite hipster cafe is the first ever 360 degrees coffee bar, where baristas dispense flavour-packed daily brew ($3) and cold brew ($7) served in vintage cough syrup bottles. Established by local roastery Papa Palheta, CSHH steeps their brew for 10 to 12 hours for a slicker, less acidic punch. And if you’re curious to know how they work their magic, there’s a space called C-Platform on the second level for you to mingle with the apparatus and learn about coffee beyond the bean.

Best Espresso

The New Black
9 Raffles Place, Republic Plaza, Singapore 048619

The New Black
The New Black

An audaciously colourful and ambitious ‘concept outlet’, The New Black specially curates beans from some of the world’s top artisanal roasters, such as The Coffee Collective from Copenhagen, Sweet Bloom from Colorado and of course, our very own Nylon Coffee Roasters. Highly trained in their craft, the baristas here take espresso particiularly seriously so you can definitely count on ‘em to churn out impeccable brews. And it doesn’t hurt that we’ll have it in these super fancy to-go cups!

Toby’s Estate
8 Rodyk Street, #01-03/04, Singapore 238216

Toby's Estate

Toby’s Estate probably needs no introduction, but for the uninitiated, this Aussie-based coffee chain is legendary for its note-perfect espressos, which are freshly roasted within the premises of their flagship cafe. You can also find a rotating selection of local blends and single origin coffees on their retail shelves available for you to take home. Interested in learning the art of coffee? Sign up for the public cupping sessions or training workshops at their Espresso School to hone your skills!

Best Latte

One Man Coffee
215R Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574349

One Man Coffee
Credit: Justin Loh / Shining Head Media

Sharing the same shophouse grounds as Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar, One Man Coffee is exactly what it sounds like. Look forward to an impeccable one man show as the barista behind the counter whips up speedy cups of lattes adorned with lovely coffee art. Their coffee isn’t exactly as punchy, but it comes smooth and packed with plenty of aromatic flavour. If you’re hoping to get a real jolt of caffeine, give the Magic ($4.50) a shot – it’s said to have the perfect coffee-to-milk ratio, and that’s saying something!

The Coffee Academics
6 Scotts Road, Scotts Square, Singapore 228209

The Coffee Academics

The moment we heard about the arrival of The Coffee Academics, we knew it definitely deserves a spot in our list. Helmed by some of the top baristas in Hong Kong, Singapore’s flagship outlet features a main bar, a hand brew bar, and a cupping corner where you can take part in coffee appreciation classes and cupping sessions. With beans sourced from the best regions, TCA creates one-of-a-kind blends such as The TCA House Blend, JWF Blend and Panama Baruffee that you can never find anywhere else.

Best Pour Over

Liberty Coffee
37 Mactaggart Road, #06-01, Singapore 368083

Liberty Coffee

Okay, so Liberty Coffee isn’t exactly a cafe per se, but this homegrown roaster supplies their signature speakeasy blend to so many of our favourite local establishments (Patisserie G, Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, The Artistry, and more) that we just gotta give ‘em a shoutout. They’ve always prided themselves on their hand-brew techniques, and this time they’re bringing on-board this awesome new apparatus by the name of Poursteady. And they’re hosting a series of popups at their partner cafes for y’all to watch this sleek machine in action. Check out their Facebook page for updates!

Paddy Hills
38 South Buona Vista Road, Singapore 118164

Paddy Hills
Paddy Hills
Credit: Ian Jeimz

While mostly known for their #OOTD-certified wall and Instagram-worthy Berry Ricotta Hotcakes, Paddy Hills also does a mean trade in coffee. Coffee lovers can expect honest-to-goodness pour over brews made with their seasonal single origins, beautifully crafted from their beastly V60 and Aeropress machines. We especially enjoy their take on ice cold brews, which taste amazingly bright and robust on the palate.

Best Mocha

Common Man Coffee Roasters
22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore 239058

Common Man Coffee Roasters

A cafe, coffee bar and wholesale roasting arm rolled into one, Common Man Coffee Roasters is the place to find the holy grail of mochas. While most mochas can come off as a little too overwhelming, CMCR’s version is surprisingly well-balanced – intense on the taste buds, yet with the cocoa goodness that non-coffee fanatics are sure to love. The artisan coffee joint also holds free cupping workshops every Wednesday for you to try your hand at the craft.

RONIN Cafe
17 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059660

Ronin
Credit: Raine Liu

Run by the good folks behind The Plain and The Bravery, RONIN Cafe has been fuelling troves of mocha enthusiasts with their definitive beverage: The Wicked ($5.50). This decadent glass of mocha is infused with a pinch of peppermint, giving you a shot of minty freshness that complements the chocolate flavour in the most delightful way possible. Perfect on a hot summer day!

You might be a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur, but how well do you really know your coffee? Check out our beginner’s guide on page 16 to 19 of the latest Teenage March 2016 issue!

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5 ways to have a super romantic K-drama date in Singapore

11 Feb 2016 by Johanna Teo

With only three days left to Valentine’s Day, we take our cues from classic K-dramas to recreate romantic dating ideas in Singapore! 

 

Inspiration: She Was Pretty 

She Was Pretty Picnic

It was nice to see Sung Joon and Hye Jin taking a break from all that drama to enjoy a picturesque picnic and leisurely stroll by the riverside. There are tons of places to recreate this lovey dovey scene, but we’d recommend visiting Punggol Waterway Park. It not only stretches out for miles and miles (4.2 km, to be exact) – the park is free from the usual hustle and bustle of Singapore, and allows for jogging and cycling as well! It may be a little far out for those who don’t live in the Punggol/ Sengkang areas, but it’s totally worth the extra effort. Prep your own finger food, a picnic mat, some sunscreen and bug spray (plus brollies in case of wet weather), and off you go!

Inspiration: My Love from the Star

My Love from the StarPhoto: fanpop.com

Remember when Do Min Joon took Cheon Songyi to N Seoul Tower for some grub at the revolving restaurant at Namsan Tower/N Seoul Tower and to put a love lock on the fence there? You can do exactly these two activities by visiting either Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant or Tóng Lè Private Dining for a romantic (albeit expensive) meal, followed by a short trip to Clarke Quay to attach some love locks! 

Locks of Love is located at 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817

Inspiration: Boys Over Flowers

Boys over flowers

This drama is super old, but we can’t leave it off this list! Especially the hilarious scene where Gu Jun Pyo and Geum Jan Di had their disastrous first date, where they were stranded overnight on a cable car in the middle of winter. We highly doubt you’d get stranded on one anytime soon, so hop on a cable car with your beau to explore the Singapore Cable Car Sky Network – in case you missed it, there are now two cable car lines as of last year. Not only will you be able to view the scenic route on the Mount Faber line, you’ll also be able to journey on the new Sentosa line, which’ll bring you all over Sentosa Island.  

Prices start from $17 for the Mount Faber line, and $9 for the Sentosa line. More info here

Inspiration: Cheese in the Trap 

Cheese In The Trap

Scene: For the students on a shoestring budget, lets not forget the simple but fun date Hong Seol and Yoo Jung had in Cheese in the Trap. They spent time together at the arcade and watching a movie, the perfect activities for new couples who are still in the stages of getting to know each other. Stir up some friendly competition with light-hearted, competitive games like Bishi-Bashi or arcade basketball, or bond over defeating enemies in light shooting arcade games – either way, you’ll get to bond and see how the other reacts in different situations! 

Inspiration: Kill Me, Heal Me

Kill Me, Heal Me

Scene: In Kill Me, Heal Me, Cha Do Hyun and Oh Ri Jin took a long ride on the Snowflake train. Along the way, they hung memory notes, rode a rail car and went to the beach (in winter, no less). We don’t have a Snowflake train in Singapore, but we do have the MRT! In this case, we suggest actually going to every place on the MRT map to explore what each stop has to offer. Do your research on each area beforehand to keep a lookout for interesting cafes/landmarks to visit while you’re there. Our lil’ red dot may be tiny in comparison to other countries, but we do have tons of cool stuff to discover as well. And the good thing about this is that because it’s physically impossible to complete everything within a day, you could spread it out over the course of a few months while keeping a mini-travelogue of sorts to document your journey. 

There are tons of other date ideas from K-dramas, so let us know in the comments box below if you’d like more, and feel free to share any date ideas you might have as well! Alternatively, tell us what you’d like to see in upcoming articles, and we’ll try our best to make that happen.  

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Weekend List - Happy CNY!

5 Feb 2016 by Teenage

This weekend marks the days before Chinese New Year, and the Teenage team is swept up in the busy preparations for the festivities! Whether it’s getting our outfits sorted (at the last minute), beautifying ourselves, or even watching a movie or two, there’s sure to be something to inspire your weekend activities! 

Johanna Teo, Writer

WATCH:  Long Long Time Ago

Local director Jack Neo is back with yet another Chinese New Year blockbuster, following his very successful Ah Boys To Men franchise. This time, Neo brings us back to the ’60s, showing us how life was like in the kampongs! It’ll be interesting to see how Singapore was back in those times, as well as watch Neo’s recreation of pivotal events in local history, like the huge flood back in 1969. The film centres around Zhao Di (Aileen Tan) and her family as they struggle through adversity, but we’ll also get glimpses of Singapore’s racial diversity through loads of hilarious scenes. 

DO: DIY Manicure

White Striped Nails

Alright, I know it’s CNY and all that, but the whole ‘wear red’ thing isn’t something I practice. And this goes for my nails – I’ll go for this minimal stripe design that’ll complement almost anything I decide to wear. It’s very simple to do too! Simply apply a base coat and use a white nail art striper to draw the lines on. Tip: hold your brush still and rotate your nail from side to side instead of moving the brush around, to achieve pin-straight stripes. I’ll be using a matte top coat for a more subtle look. Alternatively, you could use the method in the above nail tutorial to achieve the look as well! 

DO: Dye hair 

 

A photo posted by Johanna Etjy (@johannaxetjy) on

My journey with coloured hair hasn’t always been an easy one. Honestly, I love having blue hair but it’s really a hassle at times to get it looking fabulous (my hair usually looks super ratchet. Oops). And because we all wanna look pretty for CNY, I’m heading to the salon this weekend to get it touched up! Here’s a tip for those who want coloured hair but are also on a budget (like me): I bleach my hair at the salon, but I’ll do touch ups at home by myself when the colour inevitably fades, and I buy my own hair dye (La Riche Directions is awesome), which you can get either online or at the malls pretty easily. We have tons more tips for having coloured/dyed hair, so let us know in the comment section below if you guys have any questions!

Chew Hui Ling, Writer

EAT: Yu Sheng

Fruity Lo Hei w Bacon & White Truffle Oil

What’s Chinese New Year without tossing some mandatory Lo Hei? Usher in good fortune with Goodwood Park’s new Yu Sheng platters: the Crispy Salmon Skin Lo Hei ($118) is a glorious melange of fresh veggies such as sweet romaine hearts, yellow frisee and wil arugula, while the Fruity Lo Hei with Bacon and White Truffle Oil (from $78) is a delightful fruit salad of julienne slices of mango, rock melon, Japanese cucumber and strawberries.

Available at Min Jiang and Min Jiang at One-North.

WISH: 313@somerset Virtual Sky Lantern

Lanterns at 313@Somerset

I’ve always loved the idea of lighting up the sky with lanterns that carry the wishes of people, which is a common ritual in Taiwan – which is why we couldn’t be happier about the fact that we can now have a chance to fill the sky with wishes too! From today onwards, head down to 313@Somerset’s Level 1 Atrium to create a wish on a virtual sky lantern (yeah it’s not the real thing, but better than nothing!) and watch it soar up to the digital sky on the giant LED screen. Better yet, you could even win a $20 voucher for your shopping pleasures at 313@Somerset! 

DOWNLOAD: Apps for company

Monument Valley

Because all of us need an app or two to tide us through the lengthy reunion gatherings. Johanna recommends apps each month in every issue, and some of my favourites games for killing time are Monument Valley, Star Wars: Uprising and Piano Tiles 2 (P/S: you can read more about ’em in our latest Feb issue!). These nifty apps will keep you entertained for hours on end – perfect for those who’re not so much of a people person. But if you still wanna keep your friends updated on your whereabouts, there’s Periscope that allows you to shoot live streams of your CNY shenanigans.

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29 Jan 2016 by Teenage

We recommend a healthy dose of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2016 this weekend, followed by other activities that’ll get you hyped up with the Lunar New Year festivities. 

Johanna Teo, Writer

ATTEND: St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore 2016

Laneway Festival Singapore 2016

I had a blast during last year’s St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, and I’ll bet 2016’s edition will not disappoint. I’m looking forward to catching international acts like CHVRCHES, The 1975, Flume, Grimes and more, as well as exploring the different stalls the festival has to offer. Stay updated on what’s going down by following our Instagram and Twitter feeds on Saturday (30 January)! 

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2016 will be held on 30 January at The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay. More info here

SHOP: Chinese New Year Clothes

OhvolaPhoto: OhVola

If you haven’t gotten all your clothes prepped for the CNY festivities and you aren’t willing to brave the crowds in order to get ’em, I’d suggest shopping online. You’d be cutting it really close, but you’ll probably be able to your outfits in time if you order by this weekend, and choose express/next-day-deliveries or self-pickup. We have an awesome guide to our favourite local web stores (with info on delivery options), where you’ll definitely find something perfect. 

Check out: 18 Online Stores To Shop At For CNY Clothes

EAT: PastaMania CNY Ravioli Set

PastaMania Ravioli Set

Usher in even more luck this Lunar New Year with PastaMania’s CNY ravioli set ($12.80)! The dish is chockfull of auspicious vibes, even down to its deliciously plump ravioli, which represents ‘fullness of fortune’. There are three scrumptious flavours to choose from, Porcini Mushroom, Salmon, and Ricotta & Spinach, which is making me hungry even just thinking about it. 

The CNY ravioli set is only available from 18 Jan to 22 Feb at all PastaMania outlets except Far East Plaza.

Chew Hui Ling, Writer

SHOP & EAT: Gallery & Co.

Gallery & Co

Gallery & Co

If you’ve read our Weekend List on the first week of Jan, you’d probably have seen my recommendation on the new National Gallery Singapore. But besides being all artsy fartsy, there’s also a dreamy retail cum F&B space called Gallery & Co., where you can get your hands on minimalist designs, nosh on Southeast Asian flavours at the Cafeteria and have a cuppa or two at the Gallery Cafe. Just try not to be carried away with spamming OOTD shots because this entire place is basically an photogenic haven begging to be snapped at every turn. Really.

Gallery & Co. is located at National Gallery Singapore, City Hall Wing, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #01-05, Singapore 178957.

CNY PREP: In Good Company

In Good Company

In Good Company

Here’s another option for you if you still haven’t done your CNY shopping. IN GOOD COMPANY just launched its latest additions to Capsule 7 and we’re totes lovin’ the vibrant palette that goes beyond reds and pinks. You’ll find loads of chic wearables and colourful accessories that you can mix and match. They’ve also got avant-garde versions of CNY goodies like Bak Kwa Cookies, Black Sesame Cookes and Pineapple Tarts up for sale, courtesy of Cafe Plain Vanilla. Psst… you can also get a set of 6 ombré red packets with every $250 spent at IN GOOD COMPANY’s E-store, ION Orchard, or TANGS. 

IN GOOD COMPANY’s flagship store is located at ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #B1-06, Singapore 238801. Or you can shop online at their E-Store here.

LISTEN: 35xxxv – ONE OK ROCK

Yeah, so I’m well aware that I’m supposed to be preparing myself for Laneway, but part of me is still in a delirious state of withdrawals from ONE OK ROCK’s concert last week (check out: 5 Things That Only Happen At An ONE OK ROCK Concert). It’s seriously the best gig I’ve ever attended in awhile. If you’re a fan of hardcore, heavy-hitting rock, you should totally listen to their latest 35xxxv album because it’s truly a work of art – no exaggeration. For starters, try ‘Mighty Long Fall’, ‘The Way Back’ and ‘Memories’.

ONE OK ROCK’s 35xxxv (Deluxe Edition) is available to stream on Spotify.

What’s on your list this weekend? Share your ideas with us in the comments box below. 

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15 Jan 2016 by Teenage

There’s something for everyone this week, from movie marathons, to cafe-hopping to meet and greets. Here’s what the Teenage team will be up to this weekend. 

Arissa Ha, Deputy Editor

DO: Mourn Alan Rickman

This has been a rough week in entertainment especially with Alan Rickman lost to cancer (seriously 2016, we’re only two weeks in. Be nice). We love him for his works, but how do you even mourn someone you’ve never met? The world has taken to social media to express their grieve, and for some others have decided to set up a little memorial for Alan Rickman at King’s Cross Station and Universal Studios Orlando. For us, we’ll celebrate the legacy that he has left behind – watching all the films and interviews will remind us of what an awesome actor and person he was. We leave you with this. 

 SHOP: Fashion Bunker

We’re not here to advocate reckless spending but with our great exchange rate against Australian dollar, it’s time to shop online! We love Fashion Bunker for its collection of contemporary Australian designers at high-street prices. They might be a tad expensive compared to brands like Forever 21 and H&M but the quality and timeless designs are well worth it. Perhaps it’s also time to splurge a little on CNY clothes? 

fashionbunker

Johanna Teo, Writer

RE-WATCH: Harry Potter 

severus-snape-hermione-granger-ron-weasley-harry-potterCredit: iDigitalTimes

severus-snape-always

This week, the world lost Alan Rickman, a great actor and director. He has had many superb works, but the one I’ll remember him the most fondly for, will be his perfection of Severus Snape from Harry Potter. My first introduction to the series was thankfully through the book first, and Snape is the perfect antagonist, even more so than Lord Voldermort. After catching the film subsequently, I was convinced that there’s no one else in the world who could play the dark bat-like half-blood prince as well as Alan Rickman could. Thank you, for bringing Severus Snape to life and being such a huge part of creating the wondrous wizarding world that brought me much happiness, even till today. There have been many many tributes from Alan Rickman’s family, friends and fans, but this weekend, I’ll toast him by rewatching the entire Harry Potter series, where Alan brought Snape through a journey, from the most-hated professor at Hogwarts, into the most beloved in the wizarding world and beyond. 

ATTEND: BubzBeauty Meet-And-Greet (16 January)

Beauty guru and YouTuber BubzBeauty is back in Singapore courtesy of Skin Inc, and she’s holding a meet and greet this Saturday (16 January), where you’ll be able to meet her (duh) as well as learn a beauty tip or two from the girl herself. We met her for a quick chat earlier on, where we had an interesting chat with Bubz – watch our space for the interview real soon.

Meet BubzBeauty on 16 January from 4-5pm at Scotts Square @ Skin Inc B1.  

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IMMERSE: Singapore Art Week 2016

Singapore Art Week 2016
Freely, Freely by Jane Lee

A bus tour traversing the horizons? Graffiti masterpieces on canvas? A realm where light and shadow collides? These are just a few of the many offerings at the fourth edition of Singapore Art Week. From 16 to 24 January, explore the world of visual arts with the diverse range of programmes taking place around the art precincts around Singapore. Look forward to unique tours, film screenings, gallery openings, hands-on workshops, art fairs and more.

Singapore Art Week 2016 is held from 16 to 24 January. Visit www.artweek.sg for the full programme line-up and a handy survival guide.

EAT: Fresh Fruits Lab

Fresh Fruits LabCredit: Justin Loh / Shining Head Media

One of my New year resolutions is to embrace a healthy lifestyle, and since I’m not a big fan of greens (don’t learn from me, kids!), I figure a good place to get my dose of fibre would be Fresh Fruits Lab. This whimsical cafe does experiential cold-pressed juices and fruit-infused sodas, served in quirky lab apparatus for us to channel our inner scientist. But if you’re not in the mood to eat clean, they’ve got a substantial brunch menu of pancakes, burgers and pastas that are all equally delish too. P/S: We’re giving away $20 vouchers from Fresh Fruits Lab! Here’s how you can win.

Fresh Fruits Lab is located at 351 Changi Road, Singapore 419818.

WATCH: Digimon Adventure Tri: Reunion

Digimon Adventure Tri
Credit: tanteichigo @ Tumblr

When Digimon first announced that they’ll be celebrating its 15th anniversary with a special film series (and it’s not just one film, but a six-part film series!!!) based off the very first Digimon Adventure, I could just swear my heart did a gazillion of somersaults upon hearing the news. I recently just finished watching the first part, Reunion, where Taichi and friends have grown up to be dashingly fine dudes and gorgeous babes, and they now have to deal with the new uncertainties of life. What’s more feels-inducing than seeing Agumon to the rescue, the gang showing up in full force with their Digi partners, and most importantly, the familiar angst-ridden bromance between Taichi and Yamato? #ICannotEven

The second film, Determination, will be released on 12 March!

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